Gupta, R and Vaikuntanathan, V and Sivakumar, D (2016) Superhydrophobic qualities of an aluminum surface coated with hydrophobic solution NeverWet. In: COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS, 500 . pp. 45-53.
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Effortless preparation of superhydrophobic surfaces mimicking the wetting characteristics of lotus leaf is of interest to several works. Spray coating methods using hydrophobic solutions are often adopted to realize such superhydrophobic surfaces. The present study investigates the dynamic behavior of impacting water drops on an aluminum surface coated with commercially available hydrophobic solution NeverWet with primary focus to understand the superhydrophobic qualities of the coated surface. The Weber number, We of impacting drop was varied from 1 to 568. The salient features of drop impact dynamics are compared with those of other superhydrophobic surfaces and naturally seen lotus leaf reported in literature. The outcomes as well as the bounce-off characteristics of impacting water drops are comparable to those observed on lotus leaf. The contact time remains almost constant with impact velocity, U-0 for 7 < We < 200. The dynamics of impacting water drops on the coated surface is compared with published works on superhydrophobic surfaces prepared using other fabrication methods. The trend of maximum lamella spread factor with We on the coated surface could be predicted using the analytical relation developed for drop impact on small target surfaces ignoring the effect of viscosity. The power dependence of maximum spread factor on We is higher if fingers at the rim of lamella are accounted for in the maximum spread measurements. The number of fingers formed at the rim of lamella at its maximum spread for high We drop impact increases with We which follows the predictions from Rayleigh-Taylor and a modified Savart-Plateau-Rayleigh instability as well as experimental data reported in literature. The findings from the study are useful for works which use NeverWet to develop superhydrophobic qualities on solid surfaces. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Copy right for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS|
|Keywords:||Superhydrophobic surface; Spray coating; Drop impact test; Maximum spread; Fingers; Contact time|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)|
|Date Deposited:||15 Jun 2016 05:48|
|Last Modified:||15 Jun 2016 05:48|
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